As I mentioned in my Gameweek 13 retrospect, I made transfers for upcoming week on Sunday, before the end of the Man City game, in order to catch price rises. It was the second week in a row I had rolled a FT over to the following week, in order to help me set up for the upcoming holiday period.
While I consider my GW13 transfer a “knee jerk” bringing in Callum Wilson based on his first game back from injury, hitting for a hat trick. While some fantasy managers would consider my transfers this week as knee jerk or rash, in order to put my holiday plan into action, required moving Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen.
Some will argue that Kane still deserves a chance in the starting XI. His goal against WBA didn’t convince me and was still destined to depart after the conclusion of Gameweek 13. At £12.8, his attacking returns aren’t justify his price, even though you could argue the upcoming schedule, as I discussed last week in my Think Differently article at Fantasy Football Geek, Spurs do have a favorable schedule through Gameweek 25.
With Kane not returning on a consistent based, teammate, Christian Eriksen, owned since GW1 will finally make way. No returns in 5 gameweeks and no assists since GW2 makes him expendable now. That’s not to say Spurs attackers don’t turn their season around, but his £9.5 give me £22.3 ITB for their replacements in my starting XI.
It’s really no surprise that Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata have been brought in. Outside Gameweek 22 away to Arsenal, Chelsea have great fixtures through the beginning of February! Bringing these attackers into my starting XI give me a treble of Chelsea players, with Marcos Alonso on defense.
With £1.3 ITB, this will allow me two more changes before the weekend, Gameweek 15 fixtures. It could also be the first time I will bring in Leroy Sané, which would give me the top two midfielders in the EPL. More controversial, it means I could lose the services of Pascal Groß. After an impressive 5-point performance, 3 points coming off bonus points, in which a game Groß did not pick up any offensive returns. Moving forward, the decision was between Groß or Richarlison. While the Watford man doesn’t see many bonus points, he’s scored more goals than Groß.
For those looking to round out their 15-man squad or looking for differentials in the upcoming week, here are a few players at each position.
At £4.3, Crystal Palace’s Wayne Hennessey reemerges as a possibility between the posts, taking over from Julian Speroni. At £4.3, he’s the cheapest (along with Lee Grant) starting option available.
Palace is still in search of their first clean sheet, but have been playing much better football since Roy Hodgson has taken over as manager. The next 3 matches; bha/wba/BOU give the Eagles great opportunities for chasing in on a clean sheet. This could also enable fantasy managers to to save £0.2, to be used elsewhere in their squad.
It’s no surprise I am going to favor Marvin Zeegelaar of Watford at £4.4 as a real differential. In the past 2 weeks Zeegelaar has returned 22 points (2 assists, 2 clean sheets), including 5 bonus points! He’s taken over for Jose Holebas, who seen just 4 minutes the last 2 games at left back. However, I still consider him a rotation risk to some degree now that Marco Silva has two options at left back.
Zeegelaar has played very well in conjunction with Richarlison, down the left side and has been able to control the likes of Andy Carroll and Marco Arnautovic (big players). At TSB% 0.4, he’s a real differential headed into a busy holiday period. Throw caution to the wind with the Hornets next to home fixtures; MNU/TOT.
Another Hornet making the Transfer List this week, Will Hughes, who’s featured in just his fourth game of the season has now posted 2 goals, 1 assist on the season in back to back games.
Hughes made great strides over the last 2 weeks with 22 points, which included 3 bonus points. Starting in place of Andre Carillo, Hughes proved he had a nose for the goal and was an active part of the Watford attack, controlling the midfield and getting forward. Based on his recent play, I seem him remaining in the starting XI.
It’s difficult to actually recommend him moving foward, based solely on the fact that Southampton’s offense has been so bad this season with just 10 goals on the season, 4 of which were scored in Gameweek 13.
With a disappointing encore for Callum Wilson, I really need to see more of Austin in the starting XI before I have confidence to bring him in. He played just 79 minutes and really wasn’t marked well by Everton on his 2 goals. So, proceed with caution, especially with some difficult fixtures coming up through Gameweek 21.
Don’t blink or you will miss all the FPL action this week, as we have the midweek GW14, followed by GW15 this next weekend. Good luck!